Project Dancer – Brandy Leary


Brandy creates contemporary performances through dance based entry points. Her work has been produced in Canada, Europe, India and the USA in theatres, urban environments, festivals, museums and isolated landscapes. She holds a BA Honours in Theatre with a specialization in Direction and Asian Theatre from York University’s Theatre Program.

She has lived between Canada and India for the past 15 years training, collaborating and creating in the traditional Indian performing languages of Seraikella and Mayurbhanj Chhau (dance), Kalarippayattu (martial art) and Rope Mallakhamb (aerial rope). In Canada she works with western approaches to aerial rope work and the bridge discipline of Axis Syllabus to support choreographic creations that are interested in site specific ness and non-traditional audience/performance relationships that base themselves in ritual and participatory structures drawn from the spectrum of her artistic research and practices.

She was the resident choreographer at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto 2010-2012 where she created large scale, site specific works on the architecture of the building (designed by Raymond Moriyama) and in the public spaces surrounding it as part of her Precipice Project series. She is an Associated Artist with IMPACT (Indian Martial and Performance Art Collective of Toronto) developing and implementing their programming/performances and teaches movement, choreography and performance creation locally, nationally and internationally.

She founded Anandam Dancetheatre as an umbrella structure for her performance projects ( and is its Artistic Director. She is a triple Shastri Indo Canadian Fellow, a Chalmers Professional Development Awardee, twice shortlisted for the KM Hunter Award in Dance 2009 and 2011 and has had her work supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Hal Jackman Foundation, CreatiVenture Collective, Bata Shoe Museum, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Foundation and the Toronto Arts Council.

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